Members of both Robinson High School and Palestine-Hutsonville's boys' track team will have a chance to win medals and earn points at the state track meet, but which ones and how many is yet to be determined.
Both the Maroons and Pioneers had solid efforts at Thursday (May 24)'s preliminary round at the IHSA Class 1A State Finals in Charleston and each team qualified at least one entry for Saturday's final round.
The best performance of the day belonged to Palestine-Hutsonville's Negus Bogard, who finished fourth in his heat and fifth overall out of 29 runners in the 1600 with a time of 4:24.37, qualifying him for Saturday's finals. Bogard's time was less than a second off the pace of his heat winner - Wyatt McIntyre of Athens (4:23.51) - and just a shade over three seconds behind the top time of Pittsfield's Eli Ten Eyck (4:21.18).
Also qualifying for Saturday's finals was Robinson's 3200 relay team of Lukas Baird, Zach Buttolph, Wyatt Bonnell and Kobe Lorance, as they finished fourth in their heat and seventh overall among the 32 teams competing with a time of 8:16.11.
Meanwhile, just missing out on a trip to the finals was Palestine-Hutsonville's Chase Knoblett, as he finished third in his heat and tied for 10th out of 27 runners in the 300 hurdles with a time of 41.26. Only the top nine times advance and Knoblett was .56 seconds short of the final qualifying time of Winnebago's Chandler Ellis (40.70) and just over three seconds behind the top time of Forreston's A.J. Christensen (37.91).
Another hurdler that fell a little bit short was Robinson's Grayson Wolf, who finished fifth in his heat and 16th overall out of 32 runners with a time of 15.82. His time was less than half a second shy of the final qualifying spot earned by Casey-Westfield's Kyle Carver (15.34) and was just over a second off the pace of top finisher A.J. Christensen of Forreston (14.54).
In addition to those performances, Robinson's Alex Weber pulled double-duty, throwing the shot put and discus, but he was unable to advance in either event. Weber finished fourth in his flight and 17th overall out of 33 throwers with a distance of 138-2, just a little short of the 142-6 of Dupo's Bryce Chadduck that grabbed the final qualifying spot. In the shot put, Weber was fifth in his flight and was 27th out of 29 overall with a distance of 42-6.5, which was more than four meet short of the last qualifying spot obtained by Jacksonville Routt's David Jensen (47-0.75).
Bogard was also slated to pull double-duty Thursday, but he elected not to run in the 800. Bogard will also compete in the finals of the 3200 on Saturday in addition to the 1600.
Robinson's Nick Rice also competed in the pole vault, but was unable to advance. Rice tied for sixth in his flight at 11-6 and was 30th overall out of 35 competitors that recorded a height in the event.
Saturday's finals are set to begin at 10 a.m. on the track at Eastern Illinois University's O'Brien Stadium with the first section of the 3200. The second section will be run around 12:10 p.m. It is not currently known what section Bogard is set to run in. Meanwhile, the finals of the 3200 relay are set to start at 11 a.m., with the finals in the 1600 to be around 3:35 p.m.
2018 IHSA Class 1A Boys Track State Finals
At O'Brien Stadium, Eastern Illinois University, Charleston
1. Wyatt McIntyre (Athens) 4:23.51; 2. John McNabola (Chicago F.W. Parker) 4:23.77; 3. Ian Hussung (Oregon) 4:23.92; 4. Negus Bogard (Palestine-Hutsonville) 4:24.37; 5. Christopher Collet (Seneca) 4:30.40; 6. Brent Brunner (Rockford Christian) 4:30.41; 7. Matthew Olech (Elgin Harvest Christian Academy) 4:31.34; 8. Reiss Wegman (Trenton Wesclin) 4:23.30; 9. Shay Hafner (Sterling Newman Central Catholic) 4:34.70; 10. Ryan Skowronski (Shelbyville) 4:38.63; 11. Isaiah Ditta (Clifton Central) 4:39.44; 12. Caelin Foley (Galva) 4:39.47; 13. Andrew Dobrescu (Elgin Harvest Christian Academy) 4:41.88; 14. Austin Bridgman (Armstrong) 4:42.80; 15. Henry Kraatz (Urbana University High) 4:43.20.
1. Eli Ten Eyck (Pittsfield) 4:21.18; 2. Logan Hall (Arthur-Lovington-Atwood-Hammond) 4:26.22; 3. Trevor Dunkel (Elmwood) 4:28.28; 4. Javon Watkins (Madison) 4:29.78; 5. Stephen Thomas (Rockford Christian) 4:32.40; 6. Cort Ross (Casey-Westfield) 4:33.11; 7. Luke Goebel (Breese Mater Dei) 4:36.22; 8. Spencer Mauch (Sterling Newman Central Catholic) 4:37.15; 9. Garrett Johnson (Pinckneyville) 4:37.90; 10. Ty Barbre (Carmi) 4:38.74; 11. Noah McIntyre (Athens) 4:40.44; 12. Cooper Hoffman (Elmwood) 4:42.74; 13. Shane Yamco (Riverton) 4:46.15; 14. Braden Pridemore (St. Joseph-Ogden) 4:55.98.
1. Pleasant Plains 8:12.10; 2. Rockford Christian 8:15.93; 3. Salt Fork 8:17.39; 4. Tremont 8:17.50; 5. Marshall 8:25.47; 6. Arcola 8:29.78; 7. McLeansboro (Hamilton County) 8:33.26; 8. Clifton Central 8:34.23; 9. Nashville 8:39.29; 10. Mendon Unity 8:48.68.
1. Elmwood 8:14.96; 2. Tuscola 8:16.22; 3. Urbana University High 8:17.55; 4. Taylor Ridge (Rockridge) 8:19.12; 5. Braidwood (Reed-Custer) 8:19.64; 6. Warrensburg-Latham 8:35.05; 7. Erie 8:37.36; 8. Riverton 8:42.72; 9. Pinckneyville 8:47.86; 10. Chicago Leo 9:15.98; 10. Carlinville 9:21.54.
1. Morrison 8:08.43; 2. Williamsville 8:14.13; 3. Deer Creek-Mackinaw 8:16; 4. Robinson (Lukas Baird, Zach Buttolph, Wyatt Bonnell, Kobe Lorance) 8:16.11; 5. Elgin Harvest Christian Academy 8:16.65; 6. Trenton Wesclin 8:21.33; 7. Niles Northridge Prep 8:32.56; 8. Sangamon Valley 8:51.16; 9. Pearl City 8:56.89; 10. Winnetka North Shore Country Day 8:58.59; 11. Bloomington Central Catholic 8:58.59.